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04/08/2008 10:51 AM ET
Red Sox World Series Ring Raffle gives fans chance to win genuine World Series rings, Red Sox Special Edition Volvo C30
Net proceeds benefit the Red Sox Foundation
tickets for any Major League Baseball game
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox team charity, the Red Sox Foundation, today launched the 2008 World Series Ring Raffle that will enable nine lucky Red Sox fans to receive genuine 2007 World Series rings. In addition, a 10th lucky winner will receive a new Volvo C30 Red Sox Special Edition car. All net proceeds from the 2008 Ring Raffle will benefit the Red Sox Foundation.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m. before the Red Sox Home Opener today, all fans 18 and older, regardless of their state of residence, can purchase $10 raffle tickets at the Fenway Park ticket office and at designated kiosks at Fenway Park. Fans 18 and older may also purchase raffle tickets at other locations as specified on the full rules available on Raffle Ticket sales end at noon on Saturday July 5, 2008.

This year's Ring Raffle follows the enormously successful 2005 Ring Raffle, which was launched following the Red Sox' 2004 World Championship win. The 2005 raffle marked the first time a championship team offered the symbol of their victory to fans as a way to support charitable programs.

"Our fans are a key to the Red Sox' success at the ballpark and in the community. When we won the World Series in 2004 they supported our first Ring Raffle and helped raise $2 million for the Red Sox Foundation," said Tom Werner, Chairman. "This year we have increased the number of prizes and opportunities to win. It is a great way to reward the best fans in baseball while also helping children and families across New England."

As in 2005, the Red Sox Foundation has capped sales to a maximum of 200,000 raffle tickets; however, this year the odds of winning are more than three times greater as the total number of prizes has increased. This year's 10th prize of a Volvo C30 Red Sox Special Edition car was not available in the last World Series Ring Raffle.

The first nine eligible Raffle Ticket winners will receive genuine 2007 World Series rings identical in every way to those presented to Red Sox players on the 2007 World Series Championship team - the same make, model, materials and jewels. The rings are manufactured by Jostens.

The Raffle drawing of the ten winning ticket numbers will be held on Friday July 11th and will be televised live on NESN. The ten winners will have until noon on July 17th to present their winning tickets to the Red Sox Foundation for authentication. The nine World Series rings and the limited edition Volvo C30 will be presented to this year's raffle winners in a special pre-game ceremony before the Red Sox vs. New York Yankees game at Fenway Park on Saturday July 26th.

"The World Series Ring is what everyone in baseball dreams about and our team worked so hard to achieve," said Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell. "All of the players are proud to use our rings to support the terrific Red Sox Foundation programs that help children and families who deserve a chance to achieve their dreams, too."

The 2008 Volvo C30 Red Sox Special Edition car is one of just 107 automobiles worldwide of its kind. Each of the limited production vehicles is sequentially numbered 1 to 107 and is valued at approximately $30,000. The car features a Passion Red exterior, a Red Sox logo on the gearshift, a team hologram on the rear window, and a Certificate of Authenticity, personally signed by the CEO of Volvo Cars of North America and Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino.

"The interest and enthusiasm that Red Sox Nation has shown for the Special Edition Volvo C30 has been tremendous," said Doug Speck, president and CEO, Volvo Cars of North America. "We anticipate that 106 fans will be very happy with their purchased vehicles, but the fan who wins number 107 will surely be ecstatic."

The Red Sox Foundation is the 501(c) 3 team charity of the Boston Red Sox. Created in 2002 immediately after the group led by Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino and the team's partners purchased the Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has quickly become one of the most successful charities in all of Major League Baseball and all of professional sports. In just five years, the Red Sox Foundation has donated over $22 million to New England-based charitable programs serving children and families. Most of the Red Sox Foundation's outreach is focused on four cornerstone programs based in the team's home state of Massachusetts.

They include:
Area of Focus Marquee Program
Health The Jimmy Fund: Supporting groundbreaking cancer research at the renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
EducationRed Sox Scholars: A college scholarship and mentoring/enrichment program for middle school students in Boston Public Schools
RecreationBoston Rookie and RBI Youth Baseball Programs: Teaching the lessons of life through baseball
Social Services The Dimock Center: Serving the needs for 40,000 low income children and families in Greater Boston

For a complete list of rules, fans can visit after 11:30 a.m. today or they may obtain a copy of the Official Rules at locations where the raffle tickets are sold.

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